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Because ‘Sex-ed’ Classes Taught Us Nothing, And Porn Is Only ‘Entertainment’

By Kirrat Sachdeva This post is part of TARSHI’s #TalkSexuality campaign on Comprehensive Sexuality Education in collaboration with Youth Ki Awaaz. Talking about the need for Comprehensive Sexuality Education has never been a drawing room discussion. While most people avoid bringing up anything remotely related to sex, the conversation past that, one that engages with sexuality and more, has always…
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‘When A Condom Broke’: The Story Of How ‘We’ Learnt About Birth Control

This post is part of TARSHI’s #TalkSexuality campaign on Comprehensive Sexuality Education in collaboration with Youth Ki Awaaz. The author chose to remain anonymous. College is a strange, conflicting sort of time. I remember how refreshingly liberating it felt to find a good paying guest accommodation, and then discover that it came with a side order of potentially good friends. It’s…
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क्योंकि सेक्स और रिश्तों के सवालों को शर्म के दायरे से बाहर निकालना ज़रूरी है

This post is a part of TARSHI's #TalkSexuality Campaign. विथिका यादव: • क्या कंडोम के इस्तेमाल से सेक्स का मज़ा खराब हो जाता है? • क्या हस्तमैथुन एक बीमारी है? • अपनी शादी के बाद की पहली रात को कैसे बना सकते हैं ख़ास? • अगर माहवारी के दौरान सेक्स किया जाए तो क्या गर्भवती…
"Consent is" and then an illustrated white key on a black background. The message is "consent is key".

काश उसने मेरी ‘ना’ का मान रखा होता

यह लेख तारशी के #TalkSexuality अभियान का हिस्सा है गुमनाम लेखक द्वारा प्रस्तुत मैं एक दोस्त के ज़रिए इस लड़के से मिली और हमारे बीच अच्छी जमने लगी। हमने एक दूसरे के फ़ोन नंबर लिए और अगले कुछ दिनों तक बातें करते रहे और इश्कबाज़ी (फ़्लर्ट) करते रहे। अगली बार हम एक क्लब में एक…
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Why Is Menstruation A Woman’s ‘Worst Kept Secret’?

This post is part of TARSHI's #TalkSexuality campaign on Comprehensive Sexuality Education in collaboration with Youth Ki Awaaz. The author chose to remain anonymous. Menstruation was a very confusing experience for me when I was growing up. The reason I term it ‘confusing’ is because just after my menarche, my mother had an open discussion with me about it. She sat…
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‘Do Condoms Reduce Pleasure?’: Watch What These Young People Have To Say About Sex-Ed And More

This post is part of TARSHI's #TalkSexuality campaign on Comprehensive Sexuality Education in collaboration with Youth Ki Awaaz.  In 2009, a volunteer with TARSHI walked around Delhi University asking students what their thoughts were on ‘sex-ed’. They spoke about where they learnt about sexuality from, and some common myths and misconceptions around sex and sexuality. Do condoms reduce pleasure? Does…
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A Boy And His Closet: My Coming Out Story

This post is part of TARSHI's #TalkSexuality campaign on Comprehensive Sexuality Education in collaboration with Youth Ki Awaaz. The author chose to remain anonymous. “So how did you figure out that you’re …gay?” The first time someone asked me this, I was in the 10th grade and I had just come out to my best friend. We had a free study…
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I Wish He Had Respected My ‘No’ In The First Place

This post is part of TARSHI's #TalkSexuality campaign on Comprehensive Sexuality Education in collaboration with Youth Ki Awaaz. The author chose to remain anonymous. I met this guy through a friend and we hit it off well. Numbers were exchanged and we chatted and flirted for the next few days. Next we met at a party in a club. I was drinking,…
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